The Boutari family has been crafting wines from Greek varietals since 1879, when Yiannis Boutari first started producing red wines in the small northern village of Naoussa. Since that first vintage the family has become a pioneer of Greek wines. From exporting the first bottled red wine from Greece to reviving lost varietals, Boutari now crafts wines from six different regions using varietals that are grown nowhere else in the world. In a constant quest for improvement Boutari maintains "demonstration" vineyards around Greece where local farmers are invited to learn new methods and techniques for improving their grapes. The results have been astounding: Boutari has been named an International Winery of the Year by Wine and Spirits 14 times – only 5 wineries in the world have received the award more times. Achievements such as developing the modern style of Santorini to reviving lost varietals have garnered lavish praise from the wine press and spawned a generation of high-quality Greek wines made by vintners who cut their teeth under the tutelage of the Boutari family.
Learn More About Other White Blends
Other White Wine
While there are a slew of other white varietals out there in the world, a few more worth knowing about...
Mostly grown and drunk in the northwest part of Spain,
Rias Baixas (in Galacia),
this grape is loved by almost
all who try it. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and every other white grape, Albarino is
aromatically intense, like Sauvignon Blanc, but with a creamy texture on the palate. The flavors and aromas
of an Albarino range from peach to lime to vanilla to honeysuckle. The crisp finish on wines from this grape
makes it perfect for just about any seafood.
Grown mainly in the Rueda
district of Spain, Verdejo is also found in Australia. The grape is herbaceous and
fairly aromatic. It's also grown in Portugal where it's called Verdelho.
Once a too-often planted in Germany,
Muller-Thurgau is known for making wines of so-so character. A crossing
between Riesling and Sylvaner, this grape makes a lot of wine and most of it quaffable at best. Decent wines
of Muller-Thurgau are aromatic with a tinge of sweetness.
The most-planted white grape in the world. Odd, because most have never heard of it, but this white grape
covers the plains in Spain and with its acreage of vine, it wins the contest. Wines of the grape are pleasant
and the grape is often used to make blending wines.
Grown mainly in the region of the same name (within the Loire), Muscadet produces very easy drinking, light-bodied
wine with mineral notes and high acidity – often recommended to pair with oysters.
Learn More About Greece
Much of the wine drinking culture in Europe comes from the early Greek settlers. Home to Dionysus, the
God of Wine, Greece has long touted the virtues of drinking wine. With over 400 indigenous varieties,
you won't find many Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, although the grapes do grow here and are
occasionally blended. The climate of Greece is good for growing grapes, with very warm summers and little
rainfall. Most wines exported today are owned by bigger companies, like Boutari and Kourtakis. Smaller
wineries are producing higher quality wine, but much of it is drunk in Greece.
The regions of Greece might remind you of reading Homer or studying ancient history. The two main larger
grape-growing regions are Macedonia and Peloponnese. Some of the regional grapes to know include the whites,
Assyrtico and Moscofilero as well as the reds, Agiorgitiko and Xynomavro. In the Peloponnese, there are a few
sub-regions making white wines from the pink-skinned Moscofilero grape. These wines are aromatic, dry and a bit
spicy in flavor. The most popular red of Peloponnese is Agiorgitiko, which can make both dry and sweet,
port-like wines. Xynomavro is the red grape of Macedonia, where it produced deep, dense, earthy red wines
that are often oak-aged.